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Gwen Bell, 87, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital on Tuesday, March 9, 1999.

She was born Gwen Langstaff on Sept. 20, 1911 at Emo, Ont.

She is survived by a daughter, Judy and husband, Bob Burgstahler, of London, Ont.; daughter-in-law, Muriel Bell; grandson, Robert and wife, Wendy; and granddaughters, Debbie and husband, Neil Thorpe, Linda and husband, Al Kaczorek, Penny and husband, John Pierce, and Pat and husband, Kim Roy, all of Fort Frances.


Sadly and unexpectedly on March 7, 1999, we saw the passing of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, Gavin Thomas Paul Bruyere.

Gavin was born in Kenora, Ont. on Jan. 21, 1981. He resided in Fort Frances, Ont. since he was a toddling three-year-old and moved to Thunder Bay, Ont. with his family when he was 14.

While residing in Fort Frances, Gavin attended Huffman and Robert Moore Schools and went on to attend Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay.


There is no greater love than a love for your child.

It is with great sadness that the family has received word of the passing of Clint Strandhagen, 17, of Boca Raton, Fl. He fought a great fight for life and is now passed on to be with our Lord.

Clint was born April 24, 1981 and passed away March 5, 1999. Funeral services were held in Florida on Tuesday, March 9, 1999.

He is survived by his parents, Angela and Bruce Strandhagen; brother, Chuck; and sister, Tessa of Florida.


Robert Willard Arnold Gill, our beloved, went to be with God on Feb. 28, 1999. He was 28 years old.

It is with great sadness that the family must announce Robert’s passing away. He goes to be with his grandfather, Robert Arnold Gill; and leaves behind to mourn his loving wife, Debra and daughter, Sarah; mother, Kathleen Gill; father, Bob (Lily) Gill; brother, Keith (Colleen); grandparents, Willard and Genevieve Anderson, and Shirley Gill; and many other relatives and friends.


Valida Roberts, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999.

Valida was born Jan. 8, 1911 in Masseau, Que. and was raised in Rainy River District. She worked as a Registered Nurse and on March 31, 1943, Valida was united in marriage to Stewart Roberts. Together they lived in Rainy River District until 1990, when Valida moved into Rainycrest Home for the Aged, where she lived until her passing.

Valida enjoyed travelling with her husband, Stewart, and attending local music and theatre events.


In his 86th year, Ralph passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998 in Hawkesbury, Ont.

He was the beloved husband of Julia (Jardine) of Napanee and formerly Hamilton; dearly loved father of Michael (Louise) Whetstone of Hawkesbury and Louise (James) Stokes of Hamilton; grandfather of Michele and David Whetstone; and brother of the late Thora Dickie Ashworth of Hamilton.

Ralph was a former Navy bandmaster, music teacher, and Mason. He taught music almost until his death.


Harry Cooper, 82, of 631 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born Jan. 17, 1917 in McCreary, Man. to the late “Nels” and “Maggie” Cooper. Harry lived briefly in Manitoba before moving with his family to the Emo district. On Feb. 5, 1940 in International Falls, Mn., Harry was united in marriage to the former Muriel Ogden.


Chanteya Cheryl Jones, infant daughter of Michael Jones and Candace Perrault, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Ont.

She was born July 10, 1997 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chanteya was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Margaret Perrault; paternal great-grandfather, John Jones Sr.; paternal aunt, Shirlee Jones; paternal uncle, Joe Potson; maternal cousin, Payton Perrault; and paternal cousin, Cheyenne Jones.


James Steele “Jim” Munro, 83, of Fort Frances, Ont. and formerly of Dance Township, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital.

He was born Sept. 6, 1915 in Dance Township to the late John Munro and Jean Steele.

Jim had lived most of his life in Rainy River District and had farmed in the area. He also had worked for George and Vernon Armstrong, as well as for many years with the Dept. of Highways, from which he retired at age 64.


Helen (Chowhan) Hogan, 81, of Surrey, B.C., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Leo (Eddy) Hogan in November, 1983.


Bruce F. Warner passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 1999 at the Minnesota Masonic Care Center.

He was born Jan. 13, 1905 in Rainy River, Ont. but later resided in Fort Frances, Ont. until 1950, then transferred to Minneapolis, Mn.

Bruce was a longtime member of Lake Harriet Lodge, Zuhrah Shrine, and was an active member at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Carlson) Warner in October, 1971.


Beatrice Agnes Kenny, nee Yerxa, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 with her family at her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in Brandon, Man.

Beatrice was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont. Since the passing of her husband, Richard, she has been devoted to sharing her time between Fort Frances and Brandon.

Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was a gift they will always treasure and cherish.


Soeur Marie Henriette RNDM, nee Marie Laetitia Eleonore Chartier, of St. Michael’s Academy, passed away Feb. 13, 1999 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Man.

The Sisters of St. Michael’s, some of her family members, and Fr. Barry Schoonbaert were with her as she made the final step in her earthly journey.

Sister Laetitia was born Nov. 14, 1905 in St. Lazare, Man. to Lionel Chartier and Corinne Lemoine. She received her elementary education in St. Lazare and on Aug. 17, 1924, she entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Our Lady of Missions in St. Eustache, Man.


Mary Frances Councillor, 57, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was born July 1, 1941 in Seine River, Ont. to the late Earl and Elizabeth Chiefson.

Mary had lived at Northwest Bay for 34 years. She was employed with the Solvent Abuse Camp in Kenora, and had worked at several tourists camps in the area.

She also was a homemaker and caregiver for the elders at Northwest Bay First Nation.


Edith Olive Bye, 92, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999.

She was born Feb. 17, 1906 in Badger, Mn. to the late Thomas and Lillian Brannan.

In 1908 at the age of two, Edith moved with her family to North Branch, Ont. On Oct. 21, 1935, she was united in marriage to Leif Bye.

Following her husband’s death on Jan. 5, 1973, Edith moved to Emo, Ont., where she lived until moving to Rainycrest in Fort Frances in July, 1992.


Florence (Peggy) McFee, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999.

She was born Florence Isabella Lewis on July 5, 1910 in Hayfield, Man.

During the early 1930s, Florence moved to Fort Frances. On June 8, 1935, she was united in marriage to Ralph Francis McFee, who predeceased her June 10, 1979.


Alvin “Basil” Hayes passed away Feb. 5, 1999 in Hope, B.C. He was born in Burriss, Ont.

He worked at Camp Robinson, Ont. and Thompson, Man. as an operator of heavy machinery. In 1964, he moved to British Columbia, where he worked as a faller at North Bend.

He had a logging truck and hauled for the Catermole Timber Co. He also had a mushroom farm at Chilliwack, B.C.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen; his parents, Wm. and Frances Hayes; and three brothers, Harmon, Arther, and Edwin.


Caroline McPherson (nee Bzdok), 71, of R.R. #1, Sleeman, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

She was born Jan. 6, 1928 in Little Falls, Mn.

Caroline moved to Fort Frances and then to the Rainy River area in 1990. She had worked as a dietitian at the Falls Nursing Home in International Falls, Mn. for a number of years.

Caroline was united in marriage to Arnold McPherson, who predeceased her March 5, 1994. She also was predeceased by an infant son and infant daughter.


Henri Pierre LeMaire, 89, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.

He was born Nov. 13, 1909 in Indonesia.

Henri had worked as a boiler engineer in the building industry. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Indonesia and Burma.

Henri was united in marriage Dec. 3, 1937 to the former Willemina Brinkman, who predeceased him Feb. 16, 1998.


Irene Przybylski, 79, of Toronto, Ont., formerly of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away there Monday, Jan. 25, 1999.

She was born July 18, 1919 in Wilno, Poland.

Irene was in nurses’ training during World War II when she was taken prisoner by the German army. While a prisoner of war, she escaped and ended up in Italy, where she worked as a nursing sister, and met Walter in the hospital.


Susan Lorraine Smith, 43, of 577 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Susan was born in Owen Sound, Ont., where she was raised. In 1979, she met Bill Adams and together they settled in Calgary, Alta. until 1996, when they moved to Fort Frances.

Lyla M. Golding

Lyla M. Golding, 64, passed away peacefully at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 22, 1999 surrounded by her family.

Lyla was born Aug. 11, 1934 in Dance Township (Rainy River District).

She worked as an RNA and was a member of the first graduating class of La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances. Her main interests were her family and grandchildren.

Lyla was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Christina Steele; and brothers Don, Gary, and Bob Steele.


Charlene Windego, 30, of 417 East Francis St., Thunder Bay, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 at Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay.

Charlene was born Nov. 28, 1968 in Emo, Ont. She was raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., and united in marriage to Bradley Windego on April 29, 1994.

Charlene was attending Lakehead University, studying to be a social worker. She enjoyed reading, working with young people, dancing, playing Bingo, and her cat.


Margaret Andres, 76, of 339 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Margaret was born June 7, 1922 in Theodore, Sask. In 1923, she moved with her family to Fort Frances.

Margaret worked as a local telephone operator with the Town of Fort Frances, then with Bell telephone until the 1950s. She then was employed with the Red Cross as a home care supervisor from the 1970s until her retirement in 1988.


Emil A. Morrisseau, 72, of Couchiching First Nation, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont. to the late Alfred and Margaret Morrisseau. Emil had lived most of his life in Couchiching, and on June 12, 1952 was united in marriage to the former Melvina Bruyere.

Emil had worked for the J.A. Mathieu Sawmill, Sapawe Sawmill, George Armstrong Lumber, Faragher Lumber, and as a maintenance man for Couchiching First Nation.